Radical Teacher

Periodical containing articles, photos, interviews, and book reviews on radical feminist theory and practice in education.

Articles from No. 87, Spring

Denaturalizing Disaster: Teaching Comparatively on New Orleans and Detroit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I teach on race, ethnicity, and urban problems at a university in Detroit. The setting amplifies social divisions based on race and class. My classrooms are generally populated by upper-level undergraduate students and professional...
Economics Education and the Great Recession
One significant difference between the current Great Recession and the deep recession of the late 1970s and early 1980s is that no one is blaming public education for the crisis. No National Commission on Excellence in Education (authors of A Nation...
"First, They Said": Alice Walker's Poem for All Seasons (Alas!)
Ever since I discovered "First, They Said" (Horses Make a Landscape More Beautiful, 1984), I cannot recall a single semester of teaching where it has not figured--a poem for essential reading and discussion; a handy illustration for me to wrap up a...
Introduction
The thought behind this issue of Radical Teacher was vague and simple. We editors * and most of our contributors do political battle and daily work as if in the "long march through institutions" (Gramsci), on the way to a better world--or maybe not,...
Politics and Prose: Teaching Capitalism in a Composition Class during the Global Banking Collapse
St. Francis College is across the river from New York's financial district, just two subway stops from Wall Street. Manhattan cabbies reputed to never leave the borough will readily ferry a hedge fund manager across the bridge to a million-dollar home...
Teaching about and in Israel
In his August 30, 2009 op-ed in The Los Angeles Times, Neve Gordon, an Israeli professor of politics at Ben-Gurion University, announced his support for the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement against Israel, arguing that it was the only way to force...
Teaching Capitalism's Crisis
After teaching both graduate and undergraduate economics since 1969 at Yale, at the City University of New York, and, since 1973, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, I retired at the end of 2008. The economic crisis that exploded across the...
Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Open admission--college for anyone who wants it--has long seemed to many educators the natural extension of the American ideal of equal opportunity for all" --Fred Hechinger, "The Problem of Open Admission to College"...
The Difficulties of Teaching Non-Western Literature in the United States
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In my experience, when confronted with difference, students often adopt one of two approaches to make that difference seem less threatening. Either they try to reduce difference to sameness by immediately focusing on possible...
Web 2.0 and Critical Globalization Studies
I asked all of my students this year to raise their hands if they knew which country their shoes, trousers, or shirts came from. Very few hands came up. I then asked if any of them had ever been to a farm that produces food that they regularly eat....